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24 Hours in Glasgow, Scotland

I am now home in Philly, but probably not for long. I go back on call at 6am tomorrow morning. But before I forget about the wonderful 24 hours spent in Glasgow let’s rewind and review what exactly I have been up to.

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Monday afternoon, I had a shift at the airport, to sit there for four hours. Yes, just sit there. I’m not going into details, but its for when there are last minute issues with crews and flights. I was one of four people on the shift from 3:45-7:45pm. By 5:45pm I was the last one left and then a little less than thirty minutes had passed and I was called to go to Glasgow!

Good thing I packed for all seasons because I really had no clue where I could end up. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to Glasgow before so I knew what to expect. Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland! Its a fun city with lots of shopping! I love going to the United Kingdom. Years ago I studied abroad in London and travel all through the U.K.

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After 6 and a half hours we arrived in Scotland and the crew was shuttled off to the hotel in the city center. We stay at a fabulous hotel thats only a quick walk from the central train station. My first stop is always Costa (a british coffee company). There I had to have a cappuccino and a bacon roll. The bacon roll is literally a roll with bacon on it, but its just not like American style bacon. Plus you have to put HP brown sauce on it! I’m drooling just thinking about it! With my belly full I was on to my next stop-shopping!!!

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Primark! Even though Primark is now in the US, its just so much better in the UK, with items that aren’t available in the US. Ok…I was picky this time I promise. I took in the local sites and shops, and my next stop, Boots. Hmmm….how to describe Boots, its a pharmacy, convenience store, beauty products, but they carry the best stuff!!! And even their store brand products are amazing and super cheap! The prices and quality of product do not compare to what we have here in the US.

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Next, I decided I needed to head back to drop off some of my purchases, but now I needed to stop in Sainsburys. Sainsburys is a grocery store and while you are probably thinking I’m crazy for going grocery shopping while I’m on a 24 hour layover in Scotland, you are totally wrong. While I lived in London, I constantly grocery shopped in Sainsburys and the food is top notch. While I can’t do all my shopping there now, I do pop in to bring back some of my favorite candy, cookies, and other treats that I can’t get in the states.

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Finally lunch time! One of my co-workers told me to check out Old Salty’s for fish and chips. This was probably the best fish and chips I had ever had! You can choice want type of fish you would like; hake, cod, haddock. I chose the haddock and it was out of this world! And what better way but to wash it down with a beer!

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I was now in the west end of Glasgow and headed up the street to the Glasgow Botanic Garden. It is free to enter and wander through the green houses and gardens. I was told they hold many concerts here too.

As I made my way back to the hotel I walked through University of Glasgow. This university is the fourth oldest in the English speaking world! I love how the old buildings are just surrounded by the newer buildings.

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I truly love the European lifestyle and how friendly people are. Every time I am in U.K/Europe I just totally embrace every second I am there. I love the experience, the foods, and the people.

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You really just have to go experience it for yourself with an open mind!

xo

Leann


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Chicago-Chi Town-Windy City

Another day another flight to a different destination. This morning I left bright and early from PHL (Philly) headed to ORD (Chicago). I’ve been here before, but every time I visit it seems to be a different season with different things to experience in the city. The hotel we stay at isn’t far from the shoreline of Lake Michigan. The last time I stayed in Chicago the cubs won the World Series!


With my triathlon this weekend I decided today would be a great day to get a run in and do some carbo loading! Chicago has tons of great running and biking paths through all of the city’s parks. I ran down the shore line to the end of Navy Pier to start, then to the Field Museum, through Grant Park, to Buckingham Fountain, and ended at the Bean in Millennium Park.


From there I was starving, hot, and sweaty. I realized I needed to eat and hydrate!! Be careful out there people, the heat is no joke! Being in Chi Town, I seized the opportunity to have freshly made pierogi. For those who do not know what a pierogi is, the best way to explain it as the polish version of a ravioli or dumpling. They have different fillings varying from meat to sauerkraut to potato and cheese. They are boiled, served with fried onion and sour cream. And if you can get them freshly made not out of the freezer aisle I suggest you eat as many as you can!



I found a place called Pierogi Heaven. I opted for 3 sauerkraut and mushroom and 3 potato and cheese with a cup of broscht soup (a beet based soup).  And for dessert I took some fruit filled Pierogi with me!!!! Amazing!!!!!! I fully suggest you give this place a try if you are in the Windy City.


Chicago is a beautiful city with so much to offer every individual no matter what you are looking for. The shoreline of Lake Michigan is stunning. This is just a peak of what I was able to squeeze in today, but there’s so much more to see and do. Don’t forget the deep dish pizza or watching a game a Wrigley Field!


Until next time safe travels!

Xo

Leann


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Roma wasn’t Built in a Day 

As a flight attendant when I meet new people I frequently get asked if I work international flights or just domestic. The simple answer is yes, I work international. Honestly it just depends on the time of the year. The Summer is the busy season and with more international destinations it is more likely to get called out for an exotic location. I will spare you the flight attendant lingo, because trust me it has its own language. Rome was not built in a day, but I only had one to explore the city.

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Friday evening was my last day on call when my phone unexpectedly rang, the voice on the other end from crew scheduling sounded completely exhausted and thrilled that I answered. She asked if I could make it to the airport in an hour and a half, that I was going to Rome. With our call out being a minimum of two hours, I said it would be close. Luckily I had not really unpacked from the previous trip I came back from! I got ready as quickly as possibly and jumped in an uber and off to the airport I went.

On a sidenote, Rome, always seems to go to very senior flight attendants. The trip is considered high time because the flight is so long. I’ve never been lucky enough to get called to go to Rome so you could imagine I was beyond excited. 7+ hours later we arrived at Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci International Aeroporto or FCO for short! With a 26 hour layover I pretty much hit the ground running. I wanted to eat my way through the city. img_8845

A fellow crew member was kind enough to play tour guide. First stop, get a slice of true Italian pizza. First, things first, pizza is supposed to be square or rectangular, round pizza is American! Wrapped in some paper I was off to the colosseum! It all felt so surreal! As I was walking down the streets and seeing so many historic sights, it almost felt like a movie set. I’ve read about these building in books growing up and now I was here to actually experience it.

The weather was almost unbearable. It was extremely hot reaching over ninety plus degrees and the sun was shining bright. What better way to cool off then to have a cold glass of prosecco with a delightful view!

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The architecture in Rome is amazing and nothing short of it. Thousands of years old and preserved so well! Being half Italian, I was just trying to soak in every bit of the atmosphere. The winding, narrow streets twist and turn and lead to so many unexacting shops, eateries, and history.

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One day, just gave me a taste of what this city has to offer. The cobblestone streets are enchanting and lets one imagine what life would be like thousands of years ago. There are so many sections of the city I still need to visit, but my first visit was a success. I found the locals to be friendly and most spoke English if you attempted to speak some Italian. The flight back to Philadelphia was completely full and took over nine hours! But I would happily do it all over again!

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Roma sei bellissima!

xo

Leann


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Trust Me! I’m a Flight Attendant. 

I’m officially back to work!!!! Hooray! I’m in the middle of my first trip back and it’s going great. The first day, yesterday I worked Philadelphia to Charlotte to Sacramento, California. I’ve never had a layover in Sacramento so I was really looking forward to seeing what the capital of California has to offer. I was also super lucky to snag a spot on this trip with a friend of mine, Korey!

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Great crew!

After being out of work for nearly 3 months I have been eager to get back to flying. Traveling and being a flight attendant is a huge passion of mine. Take away your passion and you just seem to feel completely lost! I was a bit nervous on the first flight to see what changes have been made while I was gone, but eased back into things quickly. Our plane came in late and we were delayed out of Charlotte because one of the airplane tires had to be changed! They wear out just like car tires!

 

Having never been to Sacramento I reached out to my running teammates at Rabbit to find out what people from the West Coast would suggest as far as a location to run.  They did not disappoint. I got many suggestions to check out the American River Trail- mainly used for biking and running! This trail runs for 32 miles and is just beautiful! So glad I got to check some of it out on foot. After my 6.5 mile run it was time to catch back up with Korey and explore Old Sacramento and the capital building!

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Old Sacramento as you can imagine is the historic district. It is here where you can visit the California State Railroad Museum. Many people settled here during the Gold Rushe era because it was a main traffic route for supplies.

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Our next stop was to the Wells Fargo museum where we tried our hand at being railroad messengers. Wells Fargo’s history dates back with the transportation and communication technology sending telegraphs!

 

The old Sacramento one room schoolhouse was our next location, showing education in the early days. Last, but not least we made our way to the Captial building.

 

California is defiantly one of my favorite states to visit. Every city in Calirfornia has its own specific culture and things to visit. I enjoyed my time in Sacramento and now it’s time to rest up and take a nap. I work the red eye from SMF to DFW tonight. Have about 12 hours before I work another flight back to Philadelphia!

Come fly the friendly skies with me!

Xo

Leann


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Fourth of July Getaway

To be truthful I did not think I would be lucky enough to have off for the holiday. Well opposite of my assumptions I was able to be off and join Jared in Long Beach Island (LBI) for the remainder of his vacation.

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In my previous two posts I had biked for beer and enjoyed fresh donuts. During the remainder of my trip I tried almost every ice cream shop on the island (no complaints). The beach in Surf City was the way to relax and enjoy the day, but if you wanted to get into the water more than dipping your toe in- the bay was the way to go. Kayaking through the bay was a great upper body workout that allowed me to work on my tan and enjoy the calm waters.

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Daily bike rides or runs filled my mornings followed by local coffee at How you Brewin? The evenings were filled with beautiful sunsets, beverages at the local watering holes, and cover bands that played popular/classic tunes.

While I don’t mind working or even working on a holiday this is a much appreciated time off. Soon I will be back to work and the craziness will ensue. Hopefully everyone had a great 4th of July!

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‘Merica!

xo

Leann


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Global Running Day

Today is Global Running Day! If you have the time and energy, get outside or even on a treadmill and get a quick run in! I just wanted to write a post about how much running has changed my life for the better and what the sport has done for me.

After graduating from my undergrad-Temple University in 2009 I moved to Florida and this is were my running career started. After about six months in Florida I was not ready to return to the Northeast, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I started working in hospitality which allowed me time to figure out what my next move would be. While working in the hospitality industry I met so many wonderful people. This is how I found out about so many races that occur in Florida. I figured if these people were running, I could too. At first it was just something to keep me in shape, but I quickly learned it was so much more than that.  While living in Florida I ran my first 3k, 5k, obstacle course with 5k, and half marathon. Eventually I signed up for other races and began running all over the United States where ever I was and even a race in London.

Running has made me a healthier and happier person. I was never a morning person, sometimes I still struggle with getting up early, but I can attest that running has helped me recognize its not so bad. Running in the early morning when things are still quiet and peaceful is completely enjoyable. I’ve learned I can push past my limits and challenge myself. I no longer believe there’s no way I could accomplish something. If I put my mind to it, I’m going to do it, no matter what it is. If you would have asked me 6 years ago if I would ever run 26 miles I would have laughed and said there would be no way. Now I’m looking to go further and run an ultra, complete a triathlon, and even qualify for the Boston Marathon. There is no better feeling in the world than the endorphins I get after a run.

Running has also taught me it is important to fuel your body properly. My eating habits have improved greatly. As a child I looked forward to my weekly happy meal. Nothing could come between me and my hamburger, fries, and diet coke. HAHA! And those Wendy’s chicken nuggets! I could never get enough of them. Years have passed and I no longer crave that food, but I am always looking for new healthy recipes to try out. I try to educate myself on what foods I should be eating to give myself more energy and recover quicker.

I’ve gone from dreading running to simply being upset if I don’t get a run in. The running community is full of great people who are always willing to encourage and share training info along the way. It’s never too late to change your lifestyle. Get out there and give it a try!

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When your legs get tired, run with your heart.

xo

Leann


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Sweet Treats in San Francisco

This past Memorial Day weekend was spent with Jared in San Francisco. This is one of my favorite cities on the West Coast. It doesn’t matter how many times I visit I always enjoy my time there. This visit included new stops and some old favorites. Jared has shared about our first brewery stop at Southern Pacific Brewery.

Saturday am, our first stop was at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, that can be found in the Nob Hill area. I had done some research and learned that the bakehouse opens at 8am and there is usually a line before the door opens. This is true! We waited at the door and the crowd seemed to gather. We chatted with a local that comes daily to pick 12 fresh pastries for his coffee shop. Mr. Holmes has become famous over his cruffin, a mix between the croissant and muffin, but these require standing in a different line and they are not served until 9am.

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I got baked in San Francisco. So many pastries. We picked four different treats to try. The churro croissant, blue cheese bacon danish, monkey bread, and one of the donuts of the day that had pineapple filling. Mr. Holmes is take out only so we gathered our pastries and took them back to the hotel room. Delish! I should mention, once they sell out the shop closes for the day.

IMG_7677.jpgMy favorite coffee of all time is Blue Bottle Coffee, which has head quarters in Oaklyn. A previous boss told me to check it out on my first visit to San Francisco and it was love at first sip! Even though Blue Bottle Coffee locations are growing this is a special treat for me in California. The long distance love affair continues as bringing the freshly roasted beans home to grind take me back to the West Coast every time I make a cup.

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Finally, one treat that isn’t actually food, a stop at the Timbuk2 factory outlet store! Timbuk2 bags are made in San Fran, established by a former bike messenger. All bags are backed with a lifetime warranty, this bag will probably outlive me!

Take me back to the city by the bay.

xo

Leann